Dry Manhattan Prohibition In New York City Summary

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From reading Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City by Michael Lerner, I discovered a thorough account of prohibition in New York City. Michael Lerner made a convincing case that as we consider popular depictions of the “Roaring Twenties,” we are likely to find entertainment to the governmental attempts that tried to keep America from drinking. Prohibition defined how much the government might try to reform its citizens, and it defined the politics of the times. There is no understanding, for instance, how New Yorker, Franklin D. Roosevelt became president without taking prohibition into account. Lerner’s book, a well referenced and compellingly written account of a national mistake, fittingly concentrates on New York, for Prohibition failed there in a spectacular fashion because of the cultural makeup of the city, and its attitude toward being told what to do. However, the illegality surrounding the drinking culture of New York City conferred classiness to it, and drinking became a mark of social status in 1920’s Manhattan. Pre-prohibition drinking holes lacked urban sophistication, but post-prohibition nightclubs defined it. Lerner is masterful in describing prohibition’s cultural blowback. Another interesting…show more content…
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